Lead community nutrition interventions that prevent chronic diseases and optimize
health and human development.
Through the Human Nutrition major you'll focus on achieving and maintaining health,
all while emphasizing the changing nutritional needs throughout our lives. You'll
work cooperatively with other professionals to improve the overall health of both
the individuals and communities you serve.
Human Nutrition graduates are nutrition professionals skilled in applying the science
of nutrition to help individuals, groups and communities in making healthy food and
lifestyle choices. Through this program you'll be able to:
Demonstrate an accurate understanding of the science of normal nutrition;
Conduct needs assessments and develop nutrition interventions;
Employ effective teaching strategies for individuals, groups or through community
education programming; and,
Understand the influence of socioeconomic, cultural, social, psychological and ethnic
food consumption issues and trends to nutrition practice.
This program requires professional, supervised practice in human nutrition. After
completing a B.S. in Human Nutrition, you'll be eligible to be a Licensed Nutritionist
in North Dakota. This degree also prepares students for professional and graduate
programs in health and nutrition.
Licensure laws for nutritionists vary from state to state.
Human Nutrition at UND
Complete 180 hours of supervised practice.
Work side-by-side with a nutrition professional in the community to gain hands-on
Participate in 50 hours of service learning for personal and academic development.
Human Nutrition graduates commonly find positions in a wide range of organizations,
agencies and businesses, including, but not limited to:
Child nutrition or Head Start
Federal food and nutrition programs
Public health departments
Cooperative Extension Systems
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Wellness programs and fitness centers
Because of the strong background in science, graduates are well positioned for success
in a range of graduate programs. Some UND Human Nutrition graduates successfully attend
medical and dental schools, as well as programs for physicians' assistants, physical
therapy and occupational therapy.
The Human Nutrition major is complementary to specialty certifications such as Non-Profit Leadership, personal trainer or dietary manager.
Human Nutrition Courses
N&D 441. Nutritional Biochemistry. 4 Credits.
A comprehensive investigation of the nutritional needs of humans with emphasis on nutritional biochemistry and current issues. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in N&D 240, CHEM 116 or CHEM 340, and PPT 301. S.
N&D 325. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle. 3 Credits.
Optimal growth and development throughout the lifespan requires proper nutrition that begins prior to conception. This course examines nutritional needs of Individuals rior to conception, during pregnancy and lactation, and throughout childhood, adolescence, and all of adulthood. The course will study the nutrient needs for each phase of the life cycle. Students will learn about the influence of nutrition on growth and development, as well as the physiological and developmental basis for food choice and dietary recommendations. Prerequisite: N&D 240. F.
N&D 240. Fundamentals of Nutrition. 3 Credits.
This introductory course focuses on basic elements of nutrition science. Emphasis is placed on nutrients, their functions and food sources, and discussion about how food behavior translates into nutritional health. The course also includes current topics such as fad diets, phytochemicals, and sports nutrition. Students learn to apply the principles of nutrition to their own food intake to improve their nutritional health. F,S,SS.
N&D 344. Nutrition Education and Counseling. 3 Credits.
Introduces students to counseling and learning theories for application with individuals and groups in clinical or community settings. Students will develop basic skills necessary to design and implement nutrition education programs and will practice application of principles learned in nutrition counseling. Prerequisite: N&D 240. F.
CHEM 121. General Chemistry I. 3 Credits.
Open to all students; no high school credit in chemistry required. Elementary principles and theories of chemistry; matter, measurement, atoms, ions, molecules, reactions, chemical calculations, thermochemistry, bonding, molecular geometry, periodicity, gases. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 103 or higher. F,S,SS.
N&D 345. Community Nutrition. 3 Credits.
This course allows the student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan programs and promote nutritional well-being to the public. Through readings, lectures and class discussions, students work in teams to select a community to assess, research it relative to interrelated health, social and economic concerns, and identify nutrition priorities that need to be addressed in that community. A graduated series of assignments culminates in a written program proposal and oral presentation to address the needs of the community. Students hone speaking and writing skills, and learn how to assess the work of others, to give helpful feedback, and to work effectively to complete group and individuals assignments. Prerequisites or Corequisites: N&D 325 and N&D 344. F.
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